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Estimating changes in soil organic carbon storage due to land use changes using a modified calculation method

Yuwu Li (1-4), Yujie Xia (2), Yanbao Lei (3), Yun Deng (1), Hui Chen (1), Liqing Sha (1), Min Cao (1), Xiaobao Deng (1)   

iForest - Biogeosciences and Forestry, Volume 8, Issue 1, Pages 45-52 (2015)
doi: https://doi.org/10.3832/ifor1151-007
Published: Jun 17, 2014 - Copyright © 2015 SISEF

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Carbon sources and sinks have been widely scrutinized over the last ten years as a result of the Kyoto Protocol. In this paper we added a new concept (standardized reference depth, DSR) to the current calculation method in order to assess and compare the soil organic carbon (SOC) storage changes due to three major land use changes with a certain historical relationship (from primary rain forest to fallow land to natural secondary forest and finally to rubber plantations - Hevea brasiliensis) in a northern tropical ecosystem in southwest China. Over 30 years, the soil organic carbon storage did not decrease significantly with a land use change from primary rain forest to fallow land (approximately 10.3%). However, it did increase significantly (approximately 49.3%) due to conversions to natural secondary forest and rubber plantations (approximately 41.6%). In this region, the soil carbon sequestration at rubber plantations is similar to that of natural secondary forests. Compared with the modified method, the current method overestimated carbon storage on fallow land by 8.8% more than the actual storage (calculated reference depth of 13.9 cm, Dr - DSR = 13.9, without the reference depth standardization process), overestimated carbon storage at rubber plantations by 3.6% (calculated reference depth of 4.9 cm), and underestimated the natural secondary forest carbon storage by 6.4% (calculated reference depth of 9.7 cm). Thus, the modified process using the standardized reference depth for the current method is necessary for the evolution and comparison of soil carbon or other nutrient storage changes.

  Keywords


Soil Organic Carbon Storage, Land Use Change, Modified Calculation Method, Rubber Plantation, Tropical Forest, Kyoto Protocol

Authors’ address

(1)
Yuwu Li
Yun Deng
Hui Chen
Liqing Sha
Min Cao
Xiaobao Deng
Key Laboratory of Tropical Forest Ecology, Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan 666303 (China)
(2)
Yujie Xia
Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan 650223 (China)
(3)
Yanbao Lei
Institute of Mountain Hazards and Environment, Chinese Academy of Sciences,, Sichuan 610041 (China)
(4)
Yuwu Li
Key Laboratory of Rubber Biology and Genetic Resource Utilization, Ministry of Agriculture, Hainan 571731 (China)

Corresponding author

 
Xiaobao Deng
lyw@xtbg.org.cn

Citation

Li Y, Xia Y, Lei Y, Deng Y, Chen H, Sha L, Cao M, Deng X (2015). Estimating changes in soil organic carbon storage due to land use changes using a modified calculation method. iForest 8: 45-52. - doi: 10.3832/ifor1151-007

Academic Editor

Gianfranco Minotta

Paper history

Received: Oct 14, 2013
Accepted: Apr 23, 2014

First online: Jun 17, 2014
Publication Date: Feb 02, 2015
Publication Time: 1.83 months

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